Paris is the capital and most populous city of France, with an area of 105 square kilometres (41 square miles) and a population of 2.2 million. Paris has been one of Europe's major centres of finance, commerce, fashion, science, music, and painting since the 17th century. The Paris Region had a GDP of €681 billion (US$850 billion) in 2016, which accounted for 31 per cent of the GDP of France.
In 2013–2014, the Paris Region had the third-highest GDP in the world and the largest regional GDP in the EU. In 2018, Paris was the second-most expensive city in the world, behind Singapore and ahead of Zurich, Hong Kong, Oslo and Geneva.
Paris received 23 million visitors in 2017, with the largest numbers of foreign visitors coming from the United States, the UK, Germany and China. It was ranked as the third most visited travel destination in the world in 2017, after Bangkok and London.
Paris is well-known for its museums and architectural landmarks: The Louvre was the most visited art museum in the world in 2017, with 8.1 million visitors. The Musée d'Orsay and Musée de l'Orangerie are noted for their collections of French Impressionist art, and the Pompidou Centre Musée National d'Art Moderne has the largest collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe.
The historical district along the Seine in the city centre is classified as a UNESCO Heritage Site and popular landmarks in the centre of the city include the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris and the Gothic royal chapel of Sainte-Chapelle, the Eiffel Tower; the Grand Palais and Petit Palais; the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Élysées, and the Basilica of Sacré-Coeur on the hill of Montmartre.
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